Cooler Master Elite 430 Black
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-01-2010
Provided by: Cooler Master

The side panel window is slotted for air intake and features mounting holes for a 120mm fan. Included with the case is a multitude of mounting hardware, a motherboard speaker and some zip ties. A fold-out multi-language user manual offers installation tips and pictures.

The power supply opening has holes for mounting with intake fan facing either up or down. There are no fans included for the bottom, rear or top mount openings. There are also no blanks for the riser slots, once the knock-outs are removed you're left with open holes you'll have to fill yourself.

There are two sets of tool-less drive locks for the 5" bays and three more for the 3" although one of those is keyed for a floppy or other external drive. A single 120mm blue LED fan is placed in the intake position in front of the lower 3" bays, and is coincidentally the only fan included with the Elite 430.

The front intake will also hold a 140mm fan if you opt to replace it. The bezel has a tight mesh insert that functions as a filter for the incoming air. The two top mount 120mm fan locations have a nylon screen filter that got a bit knocked out of place in shipping, but is easily adjusted back in place. It's a little confusing however why a filter would be provided for what is traditionally an exhaust location. The cabling for the front panel can be hidden behind the 3" drive rails and a large hole in the motherboard tray provides access to the processor socket base.

Let's try an install some hardware into the Elite 430.

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